|Like fairytale siblings, there are just two species of these giant grasses, one "good" and one "bad". The well-behaved Cortaderia selloana graces gardens, parks and roadsides of the temperate United States with its fountains of sawtoothed leaf blades and shimmering plumes. But the wicked Cortaderia jubata, or Jubata Grass, is an aggressive pest. It seeds without pollination, spreading over disturbed ground and crowding out native plants on the California coast. Though considered nearly sterile, Cortaderia selloana can spread, so it is best not to plant it near wild areas. Watch for any seedlings, and dig them out completely before they become established. Thrives in full sun, heat and cold, and wet or dry conditions.
Yellow stripes on the pale green leaves age to deep gold. More compact than species. Upright silvery-white plumes usually do not bloom until the second fall. Cut back in spring.
Attributes - Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'
Plant Type: Grass
Bloom Season: Late Summer through Early Fall
Flower Color: White
Height: 4 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.